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Europe looks for intellectual GNSS expertise

S With a public funds set aside for Galileo and EGNOS and related projects being put out to bid, Europe is also looking for intellectual GNSS expertise to help it get Galileo in orbit.

The European Commission’s director general for energy and transport is advertising for a “contractor that has extensive experience with the project management of large projects, in particular public sector procurements, and knowledgeable in a range of domains, that will assist the Commission in making strategic decisions, in taking the right programmatic approaches, in analyzing and reviewing the state of the programs at various milestones, and in putting forward recommendations. That’s according to the “invitation to tender” issued by Fotis Karamitsos, head of the European Commission (EC) Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, on June 25.

This call for outside expertise arose from the moves the European Union made in late 2007 to rescue the Galileo program in the wake of the collapse of its public/ private partnership funding mechanism. As part of that decision to make Galileo an entirely public project, it created the European GNSS Programmes Committee to assist the European Commission in administering the Galileo and EGNOS programs. The full invitation to tender document can be downloaded at the European Commission Directorate- General for Energy and Transport website.

Giove-B going good

During approximately two months of in-space testing, known as the In- Orbit Test (IOT) phase, the Giove- B navigation satellite has performed excellently. Engineers from Astrium, the prime contractor for Giove-B, presented the results of the tests at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Holland. The key components of the Galileo system, particularly the new signal generator and the extremely accurate Passive Hydrogen Maser atomic clock, proved to be perfectly fit for purpose, even when tested under real-time conditions. The European Space Agency (ESA), on whose behalf the mission is being conducted, confirmed the successful conclusion of the test phase during the In-Orbit Test Review (ITR) which took place on July 3rd, 2008.

European Satellite Navigation Competition with ESA special prize

For the first time ESA is offering an Innovation Prize as part of this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition. ESA has already been supporting this competition through its Technology Transfer Programme Office since the start four years ago. The aim is to find new ideas for the commercial use of global satellite navigation systems, and to kick off new businesses in this area in Europe.

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